Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Photo: Bethenny Frankel

Former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel makes no bones about the fact that she is proud of her hard-earned figure. She named her cocktail line Skinnygirl, after all, and even circled back to the thin theme for her book’s title, Skinnydipping.

The 41-year-old brunette sports a slim waistline and a pair of uber-toned arms, so what’s her big dieting secret? Eating right, of course!

“I used to starve, then binge, and I was 25 pounds heavier,” she explained to Yahoo! “I tried every diet from Beverly Hills to South Beach. Any diet that says to limit eating watermelon but processed protein bars are good means we’ve become stupid. Now I eat what I crave and make sure I’m having a balanced variety.”

According to her, this doesn’t mean skipping favorites like pasta and dessert, either. “Years ago, on a trip to Italy, I decided that I wasn’t going to diet. I was going to try everything and still fit into my jeans when I got back. So I had the gelato and pastry and pasta and wine, but I stuck to small, reasonable portions. It was really revolutionary for me,” she said.

Guess we now know what it takes to be a Skinnygirl!

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Source: Yahoo!

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